Eligibility to Compete in Intercollegiate Athletics
The purpose of this handout is to communicate the rules and regulations that govern eligibility to
compete in intercollegiate athletics. Western New Mexico University is a member of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competing in Division II.
The rules of the NCAA governing eligibility and compliance change on a yearly basis. If you have
questions I encourage you to check on your eligibility status with the Director of Athletics, Assistant-
Director of Athletics, the person that certifies Eligibility and Compliance, or the Faculty Athletics
Representative (FAR) for the most up-to-date rules and regulations.
The philosophy of Western New Mexico University is that all students, whether they are student-athletes
or not, should be treated equably. However, owing to eligibility considerations, student-athletes’ grades
and/or class attendance is often checked at more frequent intervals than students who do not participate
Freshmen Academic Requirements
All freshmen must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and must complete the NCAA Amateurism
To Qualify to compete in intercollegiate athletics a freshman must have:
1. A minimum GPA of 2.00 in 14 high school core courses specified by the NCAA,
2. Minimum combined score on the SAT verbal/critical reasoning and math sections of 820,
3. Minimum sum score of 68 on the ACT.
A Qualifier can receive aid, practice and compete as a freshman.
Concept of Nonqualifier (meets neither or the above requirements, can neither practice nor compete
their first year, but they can receive non-athletic financial aid). Partial Qualifier (meets one of the
above requirements, and can practice and receive athletic financial aid but cannot compete).
Both partial qualifier and nonqualifier need to fulfill a year in residency before they can compete.
Freshmen should take the Compass test when needed and be place in the appropriate English or
Mathematics courses. They should then be advised into appropriate General Education or intended
Transfer Academic Requirements
1. All transfers must register or be registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse and must complete a
NCAA Amateurism Certification questionnaire.
2. Transfer students who need to take Developmental Courses in their Junior or Senior years
cannot count these courses toward meeting the 24 hours needed for Satisfactory Progress.
General Considerations for All Student-athletes
1. be a full-time student - minimum enrollment of 12 hours/semester.
Drop/Add/Withdraw from a course - full-time enrollment is determined when the
drop/add/withdrawal becomes official in accordance with procedures for all students.
Final semester - can be less than full-time if the student is taking the necessary courses to
complete the degree requirements as certified by the institution.
2. be in good academic standing – as defined by the institution for all students who are at an equivalent
stage of progress toward a degree. A student-athlete must achieve the following cumulative minimum
grade-point average (based upon a maximum of 4.000) at the beginning of the fall term
Cumulative Hours GPA
Seasons of Competition: 10-Semester Rule
A student can not compete in more than four seasons of competition in any one sport. All competition
must be completed in the first 10 semesters of enrollment in an institution. A semester is used when a
student is registered in a regular term (Fall or Spring Semester) in an institution for a minimum full-time
program of studies (12 semester hours)
Maintain satisfactory progress towards a degree
A student will maintain satisfactory progress towards a degree as defined by the institution.
Satisfactory progress is determined at the beginning of the fall term.
1. Completion of an average of 12 semester hours per term during previous academic year (fall and
spring) with a minimum of 6 successfully completed hours per term (fall and spring).
2. Completion of 24 semester hours since the beginning of the previous fall term. 75% of minimum
during regular academic year (i.e. up to 6 hours in the summer. Summer courses taken at another
institution can be transferred to WNMU and count toward Satisfactory Progress only if the
student has received prior approval from the Faculty Athletics Representative.
Designation of a Degree Program (Major)
NCAA requires all student-athletes (native and transfer) to declare a major at the beginning of their 5th
semester. They are then assigned an advisor in an academic department, and must file a degree plan
signed by the advisor with the Athletics’ Department. Student-athletes are required to keep their degree
Hours Accepted for Degree Credit
1. 1st two years – successful completion of 24 credits per year towards any degree.
2. Beginning with the 5th semester, courses taken must be successfully completed and count
towards the specific designated degree program, i.e., a student-athlete must successfully
complete 24 credits per year from the designated degree program.
Change in a Degree Program
1. Must be appropriately documented.
2. Credit before and after change must be credited to appropriate program.
3. Courses the student must repeat do not count towards satisfactory progress
Incomplete grades and Repeated courses.
1. Institution’s regulations for all students apply.
2. The course may be used only once.